Today starts National Nutrition Month, and it's also National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. Coincidence? I don't think so ;). I have yet to find a dietitian that doesn't love creamy nutrient-rich peanut butter. It's affordable, high in heart-healthy fats, and full of #plantbased protein. Peanut butter is also so versatile! You can add it to toast, yogurt, pancakes, sandwiches, sauces, dressings, or simply eat it out of the jar!
These Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Peanut Butter Cups are the perfect way to celebrate this fantastic spread.
1-12 to16 oz bag of dark chocolate chips
2 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, split
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
(optional)1 scoop protein powder (I used vanilla)
(optional) 2 Tbsp chia seeds
Sprinkle of sea salt
Line a standard 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Pour 1/2 the dark chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup and set aside the other 1/2.
Add 1 Tbsp coconut oil to the bowl of chocolate chips.
Microwave in 15-second increments until the chips are completely melted, stirring each time.
Pour the melted chocolate chips into the 12 liners - just coating the bottom
Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
While the chocolate is freezing, place the peanut butter, protein powder, and chia seeds together in a bowl and mix until well combined.
After 15 minutes, take the frozen chocolate out of the freezer and place a bit of peanut butter on top of the chocolate (~2 tsp each). Feel free to spread out the peanut butter with a spoon or mini spatula to make sure the chocolate is covered.
Place peanut butter and chocolate cups back in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Once frozen, place the other 1/2 of the chocolate chips and the rest of the coconut oil into the same microwave-safe bowl/glass and microwave in 15-minute increments until melted.
Spoon the chocolate over the peanut butter (about one spoonful for each cup) and spread it out with your spoon, or tap the pan on the counter so that the peanut butter is fully covered.
Once all cups are coated, sprinkle each cup with coarse sea salt.
Place in the freezer for another 15 minutes or until hardened.
Store in the fridge and grab one whenever you want a homemade treat.
Lots of love,